Dams were used by the Mendocino mill on Big River to bring the cut logs to the mill. The Mendocino Lumber Company was “famous” for damming Big River. With rare exceptions, dams along Big River were used only during the winter season. Logs were stored in the stream beds – see pic below: Winter rains furnished … Continue reading
As I tell visitors yo our layout the San Andreas fault is just four miles offshore. The 1906 Earthquake hit all the towns along the California coast north of San Francisco to north of Eureka. This piece that appeared in the local newspaper tells the story of the earthquake. This picture shows shops on … Continue reading
The title is pretty much all I know about this photo: If anyone can tell me more I’d appreciate hearing from them.
This picture floated across my screen: Wow, says I, a US Navy airship over Fort Bragg! Tell me more. Per Wiki ….. “USS Shenandoah was the first of four United States Navy rigid airships. It was constructed during 1922–23 at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, and first flew in September 1923. It developed the U.S. Navy’s experience with rigid airships, and … Continue reading
A busman’s holiday = a vacation or form of recreation that involves doing the same thing that one does at work. A sommelier is one VERY knowledgeable about wine. Daughter Holly is a sommelier by profession. She works for one of the largest wine distributors in the United States. So, what did she and her … Continue reading
When Jim Johnson and his delightful wife were visiting our layout a short while back I asked him if he would share with stories about his life working on the railroad. This first one is a beauty!!! “In 1973 I was assigned to the extra board in Portola CA. This was the summer of 73 … Continue reading
If you follow this blog at all you’ll realize that quite a few blogs are the result of my trying to answer questions from visitors to our layout. In the middle of the summer whilst “on duty” I had a very serious conversation with a young boy who was bitterly disappointed that he was not … Continue reading
I think that I have every record that the Seekers and their lead singer Judith Durham have ever made. I had the shuffle control on the other day and this one came up: It sounded very authentic but, was it? The ‘net coughed up this vid which tells the “real story” better than I can: … Continue reading